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c. 1878 - c. 1888
Hubert Wolters was born in August 21, 1846 in Braunsrath, Bavaria. He
studied for the priesthood, then studied brewing in Baden Baden, and wound
up serving in the Prussian Army in the Franco-Prussian War, where he earned
the Iron Cross. In 1879, Hubert had emigrated to Texas, and married Augusta
Lindner in Comfort, and set out for San Angelo. Federal records show his
brewery in Ben Ficklen in 1878. It is possible that he started the brewery
before he was married.
Hubert bought a wheat beer brewery from Eugene McCrohan and moved it
to his farm, at 201 South Browning, which explains why the brewery is
listed in both Ben Ficklen and Fort Concho. Later, Hubert bought the Star
Saloon on East Concho Street and was a prominent citizen for several years.
Hubert's daughter, Margaretha (Maggie), recalled, in 1958, that he made
"good beer and all kinds of soft drinks."
In 1888, the railroad arrived in San Angelo, and it brought beer from
Milwaukee in refrigerated cars. Perhaps Hubert decided that making the
beer he served was too much work. A period photo shows a Pabst sign on
his saloon, and in September, the local paper called him a saloon keeper,
not a brewer.
In the late 80s, there was a dairy near the brewery and stored the milk
in the cellar. In the March 16, 1889 Standard, there was a notice
that there would be a cut in milk prices. Two weeks later, the brewery
burned to the ground. The report in the March 30 paper said "it is
suspected that the recent cut in milk prices had something to do with
the fire." In 1958, Maggie would say the fire was set by "envious
After the fire, Hubert's health failed and he took his family on a three-month
trip to Germany. Hubert died on March 23, 1891 in San Angelo. Augusta,
her mother, died April 7, 1935. In 1919, Maggie married H. C. Voigt of
San Angelo and lived in the home in which she was born until she died
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